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Diversity has become part of the cultural conversation in a way it hasn’t before, why do you think this is?

I think it has a lot to do with the (slow) rejection of racism. for the most part we know that a racist is a bad thing (even racists kinda think that). as a society rejects racism, diversity starts to be sought after. I don’t think it’s even just that diversity is now a part of the cultural conversation. I think diversity is something to seek when u don’t want to get labeled a racist institution. lol

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I’m grateful that you have put yourself out there and initiated some difficult conversations. Freya seemed to get offended and dismissive straight off but it was interesting to see responses by people like Livi, Dovah, and Patchy who were willing to discuss things in an intelligent manner.

it can be hard and uncomfortable to have these conversations but the truth is I think they’re necessary. way more so than I want drama, I think it’s important to acknowledge and criticize racism, and not allow it in our circles.

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yeah, i’m sorry i need to stop looking too & i apologize for venting to you. i just really can’t believe what i’m reading. your responses were open, honest & polite btw. freya & friends only like poc who are silent or who agree with them. that patchy idiot was only -

I honestly don’t mind it’s good to know other people are watching and reacting abt not just being these neutral bystanders bc they’re so sure she could never say something racist. I honestly thought I was being polite too! I know eventually I lost patience but I started out just being like “honestly this is a kind of upsetting response for me to read.”

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+1 answer in: “this is insane? like wtf? freya being defended by someone saying blm is just an election stunt & implying they didnt care abt previous lives lost? https://ask.fm/mystery246/answers/163460871790 & fkn lyndsey liking it how surprising”

this is insane? like wtf? freya being defended by someone saying blm is just an election stunt & implying they didnt care abt previous lives lost? https://ask.fm/mystery246/answers/163460871790 & fkn lyndsey liking it how surprising

it’s all completely awful I don’t even want to look anymore. just completely mocking the idea that black lives are at stake, complete ignorance. and I don’t think she even has any idea why any of my responses weren’t super kind!

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exactly. she couldn’t even answer the question about “the bigger picture” even tho she brought it up?? she was literally implying he kinda deserved it because of his past even tho his murd3rers didnt know about it and its irrelevant anyway? also, noone said he was a saint anyway?

exactly. if people were saying “this is a tragedy because he was a good person” what she said would be relevant to the big picture. that’s not the point. people are saying “this is a tragedy, because the police strangled a man to death for 8 slow minutes during an arrest.”

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+1 answer in: “freya’s right, you know. gotta look at “the big picture”. a girl got r*ped in a park once and i think its awful but she was no angel. i did some research and found out she shoplifted and swore at teachers. big picture, eggsy, big picture. research, eggsy, research. fk freya tbh”

Hi! I'm not sure if it's you that I was talking to on anon earlier. Regardless, I can only start to imagine how stressful/intense this time is right now. I hope you and your family are holding up okay and idk if it was you earlier but thank you for educating and stay safe x

tea.
I don’t think it was me but thank u for reaching out! a very very intense time for sure, and there has been a lot on my mind.

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freya’s right, you know. gotta look at “the big picture”. a girl got r*ped in a park once and i think its awful but she was no angel. i did some research and found out she shoplifted and swore at teachers. big picture, eggsy, big picture. research, eggsy, research. fk freya tbh

fr what is the big picture supposed to be??? it doesn’t have anything to do with his death being a tragedy. and it’s just shitty to try to smear his name. and it has nothing to do with the problem w police in this country.
if she cares about the big picture than she could post about how much bigger this is than george floyd’s death. police brutality is a problem that transcends even this death! talk abt that if u want to talk abt the “big picture.”

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Plz take time for yourself. There's a revolution happening but you need to look after yourself! Decompartmentalizing is needed at times like this. Sometimes folks need to watch a movie, have a mug of tea and just act like this isn't happening for a few minutes.

urlsareshittbh
I’ve been trying too!!! it’s hard to find the in between. I love seeing so much action finally taking place in america but it’s hard knowing that this probably won’t be the revolution I want, at the end of the day :( america still feels way too divided for the working class to ever actually rise up

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+2 answers in: “I haven't been on here much lately. I miss you and I hope you're doing well! 💚🖤”

for years of my life I got to avoid being uncomfortable by racism. At least nowadays I'm forced to acknowledge it. Idk how to explain what I mean. But yeah, I've been attending protests here in Ireland, which is great bc racism has no borders and it's wonderful to see people of colour rising up

urlsareshittbh
I honestly am really really having similar emotions!! for so long it felt uncomfortable to talk about race and racism as a Black woman, and even though it’s hard to see hard conversations everywhere it’s so nice to see them being had. and it’s so so nice that for the first time it’s
more uncomfortable if you’re still avoiding those conversations.

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+2 answers in: “I haven't been on here much lately. I miss you and I hope you're doing well! 💚🖤”

I haven't been on here much lately. I miss you and I hope you're doing well! 💚🖤

urlsareshittbh
hi! I just logged back in for the first time today. I’m okay! such an intense time. insanely intense. I’ve found social media really really hard recently, because I’m constantly seeing depictions of police brutality, keep having to defend a phrase about why my life matters, and keep watching people try to explain why George Floyd actually shouldn’t be a symbol of anything (bc he was a deadbeat dad). and then I feel bad abt not going on my phone bc i feel like I’m missing so much information.

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my current obsession: the YouTube video genre of “baby names I love but would never use,” where moms list names they like but are too quirky or strange or have been ruined by middle school bullies. what are five names you like, but would never use, and what about them would stop you from using them?

eggsy
sending this to myself bc I want to answer lol
•• Elsa (so pretty, wouldn’t want people thinking I named my kid after Frozen) ••
•• Tia (so cute, but the fact that it means aunt in spanish def prevents me from wanting it as a name. it’s pretty but I def think “Aunt.”) ••
•• Melania (my dad’s side of the family are black and Catholic and as a kid I said I wanted to name a kid Melania after Saint Melania who freed slaves in Africa. now I can’t have anybody thinking I’m naming a kid after Melania Trump lol.) ••
•• Basil (Basil is such a cool name but I just don’t think I’m quite brave enough to name a son Basil.) ••
•• Jason (every singe time I have said I like the name Jason people tell me its a white dad name.) ••

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eg someone will ask a simple q “what do you think of x?” and fake wokey will go “im a white privileged person so a poc would answer this differently but i wont speak for them.....blah blah” just stfu omg this irritates me probs more than it should 😂

partially i don’t think people realize that this just sounds ignorant. you can still have opinions, you can have good opinions. you SHOULD do that. yes, it’s also good to uplift people of color and to listen to people of color. that doesn’t mean it’s somehow good for you to be voiceless? voice good opinions! stand up to racism! it’s genuinely good.

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+3 answers in: “what is something that occurs on askfm that really bothers you (besides pesky anons)? on the contrary, what is something you genuinely enjoy about askfm?”

what is something that occurs on askfm that really bothers you (besides pesky anons)? on the contrary, what is something you genuinely enjoy about askfm?

leigh; ✖️
• i feel like i witness a lot of casual racism, a LOT more so than i witness on other social media platforms. it’s also not just anons like Ben, a lot of times it’s people i follow and have enjoyed.
• i like that i can think of anything in the world and get other people to start talking abt it! lol

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What is everyone cooking/baking this week? I wanna try out some new stuff so want ideas! I'm gonna try making cinnamon rolls for the first time

Ariana
my mom bought me a mini muffin tin and a jumbo muffin tin, so I’m going to try those! today I made mini muffins, tomorrow I’ll try the other tin.
today I made banana muffins, half plain and half with peanut butter chips. so good!! if you’ve never baked with peanut butter chips I’d def recommend.
I’m still not sure about tomorrow! I’m thinking orange cranberry muffins!
sourdough starter is so fun!!! my grandparents have been making sourdough bread, sourdough pancakes, and this morning they made a cinnamon crumb sourdough coffee cake.
I also have made multiple banana cakes bc we had a bunch of bananas go bad. I’ve tried chocolate frosting, cream cheese frosting, and a honey glaze. the honey glaze was def the best.

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